From Deep

From Deep – A Video Essay by Brett Kashmere
conspired by Nothing To See Here [Christina Battle + Adán De La Garza]
Saturday, August 16, 2014
8pm doors; 8.30 show [real time not punk time]
$8 or pay what you can
Stay After for a Old School Hip Hop Dance Party with DJ Ultraviolet
The Sidewinder [4485 Logan Street, Denver]

Basketball is everywhere in American life. It can be found on driveways and playgrounds, in gyms and alleyways and backyard courts, across all avenues of popular media, and, recently, at the White House. Its style has been absorbed into mainstream fashion, language and music. Todd Boyd writes that the merger of basketball and hip hop “stands at the forefront of all that is hip, cutting edge, and controversial in contemporary American society.” The confluence of new media, marketable stars, compelling social narratives, and changes in the cultural landscape have made basketball the sport that most defines our current moment. Since its invention as a means for taming aggression during the long New England winters of the late-1800s, to rise of Dr. J, the slam dunk, and the integration of urban style into the pro game in the 1970s, to its emergence as the 21st century American pastime, basketball has become a shaping force in American life and a global phenomenon.

From Deep documents the presence of basketball within the sociocultural landscape of contemporary America. Combining self-shot “moving snapshots” of the game in its everyday form with a wide array of archival footage, highlight reels,movie clips, commercials, music videos, video game recordings, and found material, this audiovisual essay offers a layered, non-linear perspective on the merger of basketball and hip hop culture, focused through the wide angle lens of the game’s history.

CANADA/USA, 2013-14, 88 MIN, HDCAM
Concept / Edit / Production: Brett Kashmere
Camera: Toby Waggoner
Sound: Jeremy Fleishman
Music Direction: DJ /rupture

ABA - Dr. J 1

Springfield - Naismith_Gym The Decision